If Atlanta goes to Winnipeg, it be great for hockey in Canada and hopefully potentially more teams returning. Hockey has been a failure in some US markets for a while now, its about time that Canada with a strong Canadian dollar can't have more teams.
Its not like big US TV cares about a team like Atlanta anyhow. They broadcast teams like the Rangers, Philly, Boston, Detroit anyhow. Moving the team to The Peg means little in those negotiations.
Where in Boucher's genius system do you leave the opposition's best player all alone in front?
The funny thing is that there will be two coaches who came up thru the Montreal system in the cup finals. Meanwhile,JM has coached more games than the three remaining ex-habs system coaches put together,and never been to a final.
Julien is 30-25 in playoffs. JM is 50-61
If they go to Winnipeg, what happens to the conferences. Going from south east to central/west north lol
Winnipeg would play in the south east for a year then they'd do some shuffling for the 12-13 season. Thus Winnipeg would have the most brutal schedule in the NHL. their in-division games would be like massive road trips lol.
I'm at least hoping for OT. Thomas is looking good though, and the D are playing their game well too. Forwards are back-checking nicely and clogging about the neutral zone, so it's tough for Tampa to get anything going.
Imagine how crazy hockey would be in 10 years if they added Winnipeg, Quebec City, Windsor/Hamilton, a bunch of Canadian teams that are successful. Would really make for an interesting mix and an interesting league from a Canadian perspective. I don't like all Canadian teams but it doesn't mean I don't want them to exist. I hate the sens. I still like that they exist, due to that competitiveness of wanting our team to beat them
Plus whenever two Canadian teams tango it's usually fairly interesting, I wonder how the divisions would work and which teams would move. My guesses for three:
Wow TB looking like garbage. I still don't see how the Ruins got here. We played them to OT in game 7 with our top two dmen out and one of our top 3 forwards. Pathetic.
I hope it's not an omen. Remember the last two times Montreal were up two games to none on a team was the Rangers and Hurricanes who both went on to win the cup. I can;t see Boston beating neither Western team but you never know especially with the reffing. The second game in Boston the refs literally kept calling bogus penalties on Tampa until Boston finally scored and then the momentum changed.
TB is gonna have to make some major adjustments if they want to win another game in this series.. They might have had more shots than the Bruins tonight but the Bruins were by far the best team on the ice.. Textbook road game from the Bruins..
Tampa had a few games like this in the Pitt series... they looked like they were sleepwalking out there.
Seeing Boston succeed is both annoying and inspiring at the same time. The fact that we were an OT goal from putting them away with the severely depleated lineup that we had certainly offers a bit of confidence in this group for the future.